Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Bone Dust - Day 7

Whoop! One week in :) After yesterday's super fun ingredient bit... I took my idea to make a series pretty seriously. So be prepared for some super cool but spooky Witch's ingredient cards! Today I've got for you the key ingredient to every devilish concoction... BONE DUST:

The base is Canson Watercolor paper with a layer of that delicious vintage book text from yesterday's post. It's so fragile you can see all around the edges where it just starts crumbling. It's such a great thing to have in my stash! the book text has been adhered down with Golden Fluid Matte Medium. Perfect to preserve the look and feel of the paper but make it more durable and useable in my mixed media piece.

Then I took to stamping with the Numbers Set from Viva Las VegaStamps!. I spread out a nice thin gesso and dabbed my stamp into it. And I mean spread out.. like almost paper thin. This helps the paint mimic ink, but keeps the nice opacity of the gesso. I have yet to find a white ink I like and stamping in gesso never lets me down for a nice opaque image. 

The boney part of my card comes from the brand new FishBONES chipboard piece from UmWowStudio. It has such great attitude to it, I'm so glad it's in our collection for use! Rather than reaching for the same thin gesso I used to stamp in, I grabbed a heavier version and applied it in a super thick layer using my fingers to dab it on. It's a great way to create quick texture. Add a little heat from your heat gun and YUM. 

And then a little piece of a card was stamped with the Bone Dust stamp from VLVS!. This time I did stamp in ink -- Archival black by Ranger Ink. 

QUICK TIP : UmWowStudio's chipboard is so thick and sturdy... to get a little shape to it just dampen the back end with a baby wipe. Allow it to soak in and then bend every so slightly. Dampen again... bend a little more. It's a really great effect! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

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  1. Love your project, great use of the gesso!

  2. Ooooo love this spooky addition to the witch's pantry!

  3. Incredible project! Quite CAS but so effective and perfect.

  4. Looks like somebody has had a meal already.
    The fish looks amazing. The bones look so realistic.
    thanks for sharing.

  5. Fabulous!! Just love this bone dust!

  6. Fantastic card! Thanks for the tip about stamping with gesso--I'm gonna have to try that!

  7. So frickin' cool! LOVE the texture on that fish and thanks for the tip on stamping with the white Gesso. I never get a decent image with (supposedly) opaque ink. xxD

  8. Fish bones and an old book crumbling with age? How awesome is this? Fabulously wonderful xx

  9. oh my gosh this is wonderful.The fish is awesome! Bone dust is awesome sorry :)

  10. WOW... that is totally cool... love your BONE DUST! TFS!

  11. I have got to get me some of that bone dust! I love the texture of that fish!

  12. AWESOME! Love the simplicity of this piece and that textured fish bone is incredible. Love it!